St. Bartholomew’s Walking Group

The group is open to all; this church, any church, no church.

Our next walk will be about 10 miles on Friday, 12th April, please meet 10:00 hrs at The Blathwayt Arms, Lansdown, Bath, BA1 9BT. Permission kindly given for parking. Suggest bringing snack/picnic. This is a slightly different and marginally longer version of our February walk upon which Storm Eric made his mischievous mark!

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MARCH 2019
The Gibb, with it’s reputed grisly history, was the starting point for seventeen walkers on our March walk. Our route took in the two former mills of Gatcombe and Goulter’s, Lugbury Long Barrow, the villages of Nettleton, West Kington, Burton, Littleton Drew and a brief flirtation with the east bound carriageway of the M4 motorway. Most then stayed for reviving vittles at the very obliging  Salutation Inn.

Storm Eric brought high winds and torrential rain to our February walk, making walking inspiring but challenging, thus Eric was a mixed blessing whereas having Rev’d Roger Clifton with us after a long absence was just a blessing. We were grateful to Elaine for leading us on a grand route from Lansdown to Woolley, to Langridge where the beautiful church of St Mary Magdalene afforded some shelter for lunch, then on to the site of the Battle of Lansdown where the Sir Bevil Grenville monument reminded us of  the area’s formidable history. A period of “drying out” then took place at the Blathwayt Arms


Two walks in benign weather on which we roamed from Marshfield in the north to Whitley in the south, 31 walkers, 21.36 miles and 2,341 calories burned, all added up to a happy start to the New Year for the group.  Our thanks to the church of St Mary the Virgin, Marshfield, The Toast Office, Whitley and The Great Western PH, Corsham for helping us along our way.

A bright and frosty day gave almost perfect walking weather for the fourteen walkers who set out on our 5 mile December walk from The Bell Inn, Lacock to Queenfield, Spye Park and Bowden Hill. Sixteen of us then enjoyed an excellent Christmas lunch at The Bell.

Some gorgeous autumn colours still lingered on our 9 mile November walk, though it was a ‘coats on and off again’ sort of day as sunshine and showers accompanied the 11 walkers. Our route took us from Box to Henley, South Wraxall, Lower Wraxall, Monkton Farliegh and Kingsdown.

Twelve of us set out from Marshfield on our 8 mile September walk led by Charles Todd in the torrential rain and high winds brought by Storm Callum. The oft quoted phrase “There’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothing” came to mind. A fine choice of route took us into the beautiful St Catherine’s valley, then up to Cold Ashton where the views got even better, the wind got stronger and Holy Trinity church gave us some respite for lunch. Back at Marshfield a contented group gathered in The Catherine Wheel, clearly we had been wearing the ‘right’ clothing!

Damp photos,  courtesy of  Kevin, thank you

The September walk saw us striding twelve and a half miles as we took on the ‘Stride’ element of ‘Ride and Stride’. It was a pleasure to be walking on a dry, bright and breezy day as our route took us from St Bart’s to the Monks Chapel in Chapel Lane, St Philip’s and St James’, Neston, Thomas a’ Becket, Box and St Aldhelm’s in Pickwick Road, enjoying their hospitality along the way. We returned to St Bart’s where Pat Craddock and Maureen Thackeray were waiting with a wide choice of home made calories and carbohydrates.

A huge thank you to all who took part, your energy and generosity raised £170.00 which has been gratefully received by Nigel Jackson, our local R&S organiser, for donation to the Wiltshire Historic Churches Trust. An excellent effort, thank you and well done everyone!

Thirteen slightly unlucky walkers witnessed the end of the dry spell at first hand as we set out from  Lacock in heavy rain on our 9 mile August walk. We followed the River Avon past Lackham College, Plucking Grove and Rowden Manor to Chippenham, lunching in the Market Place. Although an unaccustomed urban environment the amenities were more civilised than usual! We resumed to the river bank under sunny skies before meeting the Wilts and Berks canal at Pewsham Locks, which delivered us to the river once more and a return to Lacock for refreshments in the village.

July 2018
Our 9 mile July walk started in Castle Combe, then followed a route to Nettleton Shrub through the lovely Broadmead Valley to West Kington Wick. Temperatures were in the high twenties and the thirteen walkers were grateful for every bit of shade, both along the way and at lunch time in the tranquil church yard of St. James the Great at North Wraxall. Our return route took us to Truckle Hill, before we followed the Broadmead Brook back to Castle Combe and welcome refreshment at the White Hart.

June 2018
Although we did not have a walk of our own in June, several of our walkers were involved with another very successful Corsham Walking Festival. Nor had we been idle in May, some of us enjoying a week of glorious walking in good company on the tenth annual Corsham Wanderers expedition to the Lake District. Thanks to Nigel Jackson for some Lake District photos.

May 2018
A cloudy, breezy day gave ideal walking conditions for 10 walkers on our 7 mile May walk. Starting at Gastard we made our way to The Ridge, then to Whitley where we stopped at The Toast Office for a sociable coffee and cake. On then to Catridge via Watery Lane which this winter has been variously Icy Lane or Flooded Lane but was now a mere trickle of its former self. Lunch was taken with good views of the Wiltshire countryside before returning to Gastard via Sandpits and Thingley Bridge for refreshment at The Harp and Crown.

April 2018
Ten walkers set out from Lower Westwood on our 9 mile April amble, the difficult conditions under foot a reminder of how wet the winter and spring had been so far. The Kennet and Avon canal was followed to Bradford on Avon where the impressive 14th century monastic Tithe Barn was visited, then resuming along the canal to the almost equally impressive 1805 Avoncliffe Aqueduct. Lunch was taken at Freshford before passing Iford Manor to return to Lower Westwood and refreshment at The New Inn.